“This was an organized group that singled out older women for the sole purpose of ripping off these vulnerable victims with bogus promises of a big payday,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said.
The defendants would convince victims they had a winning lottery ticket but would have to pay a deposit or fee to actually collect the winnings, prosecutors said.
The trio convinced the woman to give them the money with the promise that she’d get a cut of the winning lottery ticket they claimed to have, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.
The Long Beach-based telemarketers cheated more than 150 victims by offering bogus “investment recovery services,” authorities said.
From July 2012 through August 2013, the woman helped produce phony driver’s licenses by entering bogus information into the DMV system, according to her plea agreement.
Consumers should beware of online scammers ahead of Father’s Day this Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.